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'He Broke Boundaries With His Mind': Public Pays Tribute At Stephen Hawking's Funeral

About 500 guests honored the physicist at Saturday's private service in Cambridge, his intellectual home for half a century. The procession was met by admirers who lined the streets to share memories.
Flowers and a note honor the renowned theoretical physicist near the university church of St. Mary the Great in Cambridge, where a private funeral service was held Saturday. Source: Joanna Kakissis

When the hearse carrying the body of Professor Stephen Hawking arrived at the university church of St. Mary the Great in Cambridge, the bell rang 76 times — to mark each year of the renowned physicist's life.

His coffin was draped with white flowers — lilies for the universe, roses for the polar star. Six pallbearers carried the coffin from Gonville & Caius College, where Hawking was a fellow for more than 50 years.

Hawking's family invited around 500 guests for the private, read Ecclesiastes 3.1-11.

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